Latest updates as Joe Atkinson is sentenced for the murder of Poppy Devey Waterhouse

The boyfriend of a successful university graduate is to be sentenced today (Friday) for her murder.

Thursday, 11th April 2019, 5:54 pm
Updated Friday, 12th April 2019, 11:44 am
Poppy Devey-Waterhouse and Joe Atkinson. Atkinson, 25, is to be sentenced for the murder of Miss Devey-Waterhouse.

Joe Atkinson, 25, pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court last week to killing 24-year-old Poppy Devey Waterhouse on December 14 last year.

Atkinson originally denied murder but changed his plea at a hearing on Friday, April 5. He was charged with murder after Poppy's body was discovered at a flat at the Saxton Flats development in Richmond Hill, Leeds, just 11 days before Christmas.

Originally from Frome in Somerset, Poppy was a statistics graduate from the University of Nottingham and was living and working in Leeds at the time of her death. The victim and defendant had been in a relationship before he killed her in December.

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